Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day.
7:00 pm ET games
Ottawa @ Montreal
Likely Ottawa starter: Pascal Leclaire – It sounds like Brian Elliott might have a minor injury, so Leclaire will at least get tonight’s start and maybe more. (Source.)
Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – Of course. (Source.)
Colorado @ Florida
Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson – Does this mean he’s really back? (Source.)
Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun – Things haven’t been going well for Vokoun and the Panthers lately, but maybe a little home cooking will do them some good. (Source.)
Buffalo @ Boston
Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – He’s 6-2 in his last eight starts, so perhaps the Sabres can start making a move. Beating the eighth place Bruins would be a great way to push that process forward. (Source.)
Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas – The reigning save of the week winner starts in net for the Bruins. (Source.)
9:30 pm ET games
Anaheim @ Edmonton
Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – You might know the drill by now: the Ducks do little to confirm their starter, but most of the time, it’s Hiller.
Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – The Bulin Wall earned a shutout and only allowed a goal for another win in his two starts since returning from injury, so it’s sensible to grant him another appearance. (Source.)
Tampa Bay @ Calgary
Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis – It’s a good thing the Lightning can score in bunches, because neither of their goalies is likely to get a Vezina Trophy nomination anytime soon. (Source.)
Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – As usual. (Source.)
Marner’s brilliant passing powers uplifting night for Leafs
Devan Dubnyk already showed signs of having a hot start to 2016-17, but Thursday made that point abundantly clear.
For the second straight game, Dubnyk generated a shutout, with the Minnesota Wild beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 in this instance.
It’s not as if Dubnyk is just leisurely turning aside the occasional chance, either; he made 38 saves to blank Buffalo and needed to stop 65 shots on goal considering the 27 he turned aside in a 5-0 win vs. Boston.
There are plenty of differences between Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine, including obvious things like one being from Russia and the other from Finland.
Still, there are moments when Laine inspires comparisons to his idol, even this early in his rookie season.
Thursday presented one of those moments. It wasn’t just that Laine fired a 3-0 goal home for the Winnipeg Jets against the Dallas Stars with such moxie; it was also that he showed some swagger with a celebration afterward.
This GIF captures the moment brilliantly, while you can also watch the goal in video form.
Early this season, Dmitry Orlov delighted onlookers and angered Matt Duchene with a mind-blowing, throwback hip check. People really seemed to enjoy it.
While you’d struggle to top that hit, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier must have sensed the void in checks that almost seem to flip opponents, doing so against Anthony Duclair during Thursday’s contest.
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Want another look at the Orlov one for comparison’s sake or to chuckle in disbelief? Why not: